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Opposition Dismisses Visit by Sultan of Brunei

The sultan of Brunei was scheduled to arrive in Cambodia Wednesday night, on a visit the opposition called a bad idea.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Wednesday that the visit of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah was the visit of an unimportant dictator of an authoritarian regime.

"I don't see a positive point as a model from Brunei," Sam Rainsy said. "The sultan is authoritarian. There is no legislative branch, no Assembly, no power-sharing. It is called an authoritarian monarchy."

The sultan is coming at the behest of King Norodom Sihamoni and over four days will call on Prime Minister Hun Sen, Senate leader Chea Sim and National Assembly President Heng Samrin.